Eva Colombo, Donne d’acqua e d’inchiostro, capitolo terzo: Ghisola
Eva Colombo, Water’s and ink’s women, third chapter: Ghisola
 It is raining and Ghisola ( female protagonist of Con gli occhi chiusi [ With closed eyes ] novel written by Federigo Tozzi, 1919 ) is feeling as she were choking: rain doesn’t succeed in clearing her soul of too many cumbersome things. It is almost midnight and she is hanging about the empty tavern owned by Domenico Rosi, her boy – friend’s father. She isn’t even twenty and too many cumbersome things obstruct her liquid nature’s stream. Ghisola is native of Sienese countryside in a miserable family of tenant - farmers at Domenico Rosi farm: Domenico’s son, Pietro, is Ghisola’s coeval and he is in love whit her since they were children; when they are fifteen Pietro, shy and irresolute, dares to declare his love to her and Ghisola seems to reciprocate but in an elusive and teasing way as elusive and teasing are her eyes << black like the two most beautiful olives of the branch >>. Domenico puts an end to this teenage romance throwing Ghisola out of his farm; only a few years later Pietro will be able to find her out. Ghisola is now the mistress of a crockery merchant but she is very able to make Pietro believe that she is only a honest maid: when she receives from him a letter where he formally asks her hand Ghisola herself goes to see him. The black of her eyes has << that washing which the things assume when they are plunged into the water >>: the look of these washed – black pupils mortifies and strikes dumb Pietro. The girl accepts Pietro’s proposal only by reasons of mere convenience: she doesn’t like that inept boy of a wealthy family. Ghisola is an attractive and sensual young woman with a strong and independent temper who wishes to live in her peculiar way but, being a woman coming from a poor family of farmers, self – realization is a luxury she can’t afford. So that rainy night in Domenico’s tavern Ghisola is feeling as she were choking: rain is pelting down in her soul but it doesn’t succeed in removing the obstacles that prevent her nature from freely flowing. Complying with Pietro’s wish, she returns back to his father’s farm where she is grown up in expectation of the marriage but soon she realizes that she can’t stand this arrangement: her relatives are strangers to her, farm’s workers pester her with malevolent gossip. One evening she is waiting for Pietro on the threshing floor. She is lying down on a low wall staring at a bright star: it seems to her that this star begins to jump here and there ripping her temples. She is feeling as she is getting crazy so she stops to stare at the star and she sits down. A well is lit up by moonlight: suddenly Ghisola feels as that well is dragging into the water herself and the moon. No, Ghisola will neither commit suicide nor she will be Pietro’s wife. Her liquid nature will keep on flowing elsewhere: somehow she will freely flow in despite of Pietro, in despite of men society, in despite of everything.